If you're looking to find some of the best scary movies of all time, then you may find these scary movies to be just a little bit too tense for the faint-hearted. Movies like "Martyrs," "Alien," "Cloverfield," and even "[REC]" alone all contain a nightmarish settings that are depicted as perhaps the last place you would probably want to visit in real life. Even the creatures that inhabit them in these scary movies aren't the type you would want to meet in a dark alleyway late at night.  

  1. "[REC]." Directed by Jaume Balaguero. Starring Manuela Velasco and Javier Botet. Handheld filmmaking reaches yet another ground-breaking level after the blockbuster that was "Cloverfield." In "[REC]," we follow a news crew as they become trapped with some tenants, a cop, and a fire fighter in an apartment building where a mysterious infection is turning people into possessed maniacs. "[REC]" is the best scary movie of all time, hands down, the ending alone is enough to screw up your nerves.

  2. "Martyrs." Directed by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui and Mylene Jampanoi. This French horror film deserves to sit amongst the best scary movies of all time. "Martyrs" follows two girls who find themselves up against an evil organization that kidnaps young women for their deranged sadistic tortures which they believe will open a pathway to the afterlife itself.

  3. "Dawn of the Dead." Directed by George A. Romero. Starring Ken Foree and Gaylen Ross. Following "Night of the Living Dead" and preceding "Day of the Dead," this is the second chapter in George A. Romero's zombie saga. Considered to be the best in the series, "Dawn of the Dead" takes place during the height of the zombie apocalypse, following a team of characters who take refuge in a huge shopping mall.

  4. "Alien." Director Ridley Scott's science fiction horror masterpiece is among one of the best scary movies of all time. "Alien" follows a crew of space truckers (including oscar-winning Sigourney Weaver) who stumble across a mysterious distress signal on a vacant world. Upon investigation, they encounter an evolving life-form that endangers their survival.

  5. "Cloverfield." Director J.J. Abrams engineers a new breed of giant monster in "Cloverfield," a handheld camera creature flick that follows a group of people struggling to survive a monster attack on New York City. "Cloverfield" brings with it a bleak and creepy atmosphere all throughout along with its handheld filming style, giving birth to a new breed of scary movies. Starring Michael Stahl-David and Jessica Lucas.

  6. "Night of the Living Dead." Director George A. Romero's beginning of his beloved "Dead" franchise is set in and around a Pennsylvania farmhouse as the dead begin to rise all around the globe. Romero's pacing and lighting make for an uneasy atmosphere along with the circumstances our band of heroes must face; this is definitely one of the best scary movies of all time. Starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea.

  7. "Night of the Demons." Directed by Kevin Tenney. Starring Amelia Kinkade and Linnea Quigley. Among the many horror flicks that flooded the 1980s, "Night of the Demons" was simply a gem in the genre. The story is simple, a group of teens throw a Halloween party at an abandoned mansion and accidentally unleash an ancient evil that possesses them one by one. The sets, lighting and atmosphere make this one of the best scary movies of all time.